To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
It’s so interesting to me that when I compiled the list of words for year 29, I added beauty in one specific context- God’s creation and this was what I assumed I would blog about. However, during this month God has been expanding my definition of beauty as He reveals to me a different type of beauty- the one that we discover through His healing love. When we surrender to God, He takes our messes and crafts beautiful stories from them as only He can. He exchanges our ashes for a crown of beauty. What a trade!
I’ve been very encouraged recently by many testimonies of God restoring and healing many lives in such powerful ways. Some of my favourite examples are Bob & Audrey Meisner and Annie Lobert. In some scenarios, even those involved viewed their situation as hopeless and God stepped in mightily. He reminds us time and time again that no situation or scenario is out of His reach, with God all things are possible.
Personally, it’s been a unique journey for me where God and I have been re-visiting certain areas of my past and unearthing half-truths and outright lies from the enemy that I have been believing. As a result, I’ve been living my life in limiting ways. As I renew my mind and replace these lies with God’s truth about me, I’ve begun to experience freedom in a completely new way and I’m blown away by God’s love as I discover yet another level of the depths of His love for me.
I’m blessed to walk through this process with Jesus and although it is painful at times, it’s also been liberating. I’ve experienced joy and peace and I eagerly anticipate what else God wants to teach me during this process as I learn more about who He has called me to be. My past, including the good and not so good, has shaped my life but it does NOT define my future. The beauty of my life, which is ultimately His beauty revealed in me, will be seen as God continues to work in me.
Adding Beauty to Year 29- Practically
- Acquiring a tangible memento– The Japanese art of Kintsugi repairs broken pottery with a gold-infused lacquer to make it more beautiful and valuable than it was originally. This concept resonates with me as it parallels this season God is taking me through. A kintsugi piece seems to be great way to mark this experience.
- Enjoying God’s creation– Take the time to enjoy the physical beauty of this world that God has created
- Encouraging my heart– Seek out more examples of God’s redeeming & restorative love
How does God want to define beauty to you in this season?
✞ Are You Really In?